LONDON World stocks inched to a three-week high on Thursday while the dollar drifted lower against other currencies, as investors consolidated positions ahead of a nail-biting U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision.
There was a sense of relief as much as anything that after months of market speculation and advice from almost everyone from the IMF to the heads of the world's top companies, that the wait for the Fed's verdict would be over by 1800 GMT.
14:36 U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent13
13:44 US jobless claims jump to the highest level in five months13
09:46 UK manufacturing growth cools unexpectedly in November: PMI9
10:45 OECD sees resurgent US growth boosting global economy11